Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Too many close calls driver for school bus safety campaign

Too many close calls driver for eastern Waikato school bus safety campaign


Too many close calls is the driver behind an Eastern Waikato preventative road safety campaign aimed at keeping children using school buses safe.

Sergeants Jim Corbett of the Thames Strategic Traffic Unit and Neil Mansill, his Matamata-Piako counterpart, said the current campaign is being driven by the community.

"School bus drivers have been coming in telling us horror stories about near misses involving cars not slowing down for stationary school buses. When spoken to by Police many drivers claim ignorance of the requirement for vehicles travelling in both directions to slow down to 20km/h, said Mr Corbett.

Mr Mansill said the issue of safety around school buses was particularly sensitive in his area with the Waikato's last school bus related death taking place on Matamata's Tower Rd in May 2009.

"That death involved a Matamata Intermediate student who got off the bus opposite his home and was hit by a vehicle travelling in the opposite direction in a 100 km/h speed zone.

"It's been a case of good luck rather than good driver management since then with continuing near misses being reported to us."

Mr Corbett said driver compliance around school buses picking up or dropping off children had become such a safety issue in his area that local transport providers had funded round 20km/h road signs for the rear windows of school buses operating in the Coromandel and Hauraki areas.

"While the alleged lack of driver knowledge of their legal requirements is of a concern, a real positive has been bus operators, local councils and schools all wanting to work with us to prevent further tragedies.

"And it's not just an Eastern Waikato problem. In the 21 years from 1987 to 2007 22 children were killed, 45 were seriously injured and 91 received minor injuries when crossing the road to or from a school bus."

Vehicle speeds around school buses is a worry not just for Police but others as well with groups as diverse as Rural Women NZ, the New Zealand Society of Paediatric Surgeons, Safe Kids, New Zealand Automobile Association, the National Council for Women of NZ and the NZ School Trustees Association all raising concerns about the issue.

"Children can be unpredictable and easily distracted, jumping out from behind a bus at anytime. It's up to drivers to drive to survive and allow themselves plenty of time to react to any surprises.

"The best way to do that is to comply with the requirement of reducing your speed around school buses dropping off or picking up children, a moment's hesitation can lead to a lifetime's regret," said Mr Mansill.

End


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

Werewolf: The Defence Pretence

Last year, the world began spending more money on weapons again, for the first time since 2011... New Zealand belongs to a region – Asia and Oceania – where military spending rose sharply in 2015, by 5.4 per cent. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Not Crying Foul, Argentina

So a couple of guys found to be criminally liable of environmental pollution in Argentina lodge an application with the Overseas Investment Office… in order to buy some prime New Zealand rural land. Seems that their factory back home had carelessly and/or intentionally discharged toxic waste into the Lujan river. Bummer... More>>

ALSO:

Urban & Rural: $303m To Merge And Modernise New Zealand’s Fire Services

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $303 million over five years to combine urban and rural fire services into one organisation from mid-2017. More>>

ALSO:

High Trust Regime: What Did The PM Tell His Lawyer About Foreign Trusts?

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Minister’s lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed. More>>

ALSO:

Road Crime: Wicked Campers Vans Classified As Objectionable

The definition of publication includes any "thing that has printed or impressed upon it, or otherwise shown upon it, 1 or more (or a combination of 1 or more) images, representations, signs, statements, or words", The Classification Office has previously classified such 'things' as billboards, t-shirts, and even a drink can. This is the first time the Classification Office has classified a vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

'When New' Repairs: Landmark EQC Settlement

The Earthquake Commission has cut a deal with 98 Canterbury homeowners that affirms the government entity's responsibility to repair earthquake-damaged property to a 'when new' state, as well as covering repairs for undamaged parts of a property and clarifying its position on cash settlement calculations. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Kiwirail’s Latest Stint In The Dogbox

The denigration of Kiwirail continues. The latest review (based on a 2014 assessment) of the options facing the company have enabled Kiwirail to be hung out to dry once again as a liability and burden on the taxpayer. More>>

ALSO:

Royal Society Report: Good Opportunities To Act Now On Climate Change

There are many actions New Zealand can and should take now to reduce the threat of climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy, a report released today by the Royal Society of New Zealand finds... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news